With a deal for the South Korea striker Park Chu-young finally wrapped up, Arsenal are on the verge of signing two new defenders, with the German international centre-back Per Mertesacker reportedly in advanced talks over a £10m transfer from Werder Bremen, and Brazilian left-back André Santos, who has already undergone a medical at Arsenal ahead of a potential £6m move from Fenerbahce. Wenger has also stated that he is in the market for a midfielder to, which could come in the shape of Yann M’Vila from Rennes for an Arsenal transfer record shattering £25million bid on deadline day deal.
Arsenal have apparently given up on signing Cahill, with Spurs now heating up the race to land the Englishman, with the Gunners preferring a move for the German international Per Mertesacker. Mertesacker has been flown into London on Tuesday to put the finishing touches on an expected three-year contract, and will add some much needed stability, experience and height to the Gunners defence. Mertesacker holds 75 Germany caps, and is at a perfect age of 26-year-old as he is at the peak of his career.
Santos also will bring much-needed strength to the defense and has a wealth of experience in the left-back position. With the sale of Gaël Clichy to Manchester City, Armand Traoré finalizing a move to QPR, Wenger has Kieran Gibbs only to rely on who is injury-prone himself. Santos will provide decent competition for the left-back position and help develop Gibbs to as he experience will invaluable.
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Even more exciting news is circulating about Yann M’Vila of Rennes, and apparently Arsenal are preparing to shatter their transfer record by lodging a £25million bid to on the deadline day tomorrow.
He is a France international, is young (21), will provide some solid backbone to the midfield and according to Goal, Arsenal have already had a £22m offer for the midfield anchorman rejected.
Wenger himself was in France, although he will return to London to take training with the non internationals on Wednesday, although Rennes are believed to be holding out for £30m but Arsenal are hopeful an agreement can be reached on a £25m deal.
He would be an excellent buy, don’t get me wrong, but we still need an attacking midfielder or a change of formation. I suppose M’Vila could partner Song in the centre with Wilshere replacing the ineffective Ramsey in a more advanced role. Wilshere is an excellent dribbler, great passer and can play a decent final ball, but he lacks in shooting accuracy, although he may improve this season. Fingers crossed that Wenger splashes the cash on M’Vila, but some great purchases for defence, well done Wenger/Arsenal board, I’m very satisfied.